Rep. King's remarks on illegal immigrants a backdrop for Harkin forum

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Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — An immigration forum scheduled for this morning in Ames, Iowa, comes as the firestorm rages over recent comments by Rep. Steve King, who characterized those who come into the country illegally as drug smugglers.

Two Democrats, U.S. Sens. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Dick Durbin of Illinois, organized the forum to highlight benefits of the DREAM Act.

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